Cleared to Land
Unintended Consequences

Copyright ©1997 by Paul Niquette. All rights reserved.


"Cleared to land," radioed the control tower.

"Unable to land for ten minutes," replied the pilot.

"Are you declaring an emergency?"

"Negative," sighed the pilot. "Just a little low on fuel." 

"Roger that. See you in ten minutes." 

What is your explanation for the exchange set forth above?
Hint: Under VFR (Visual Flight Rules), the pilot must plan and execute his or her flight so as to assure at least 30 minutes of fuel remaining after a daytime landing, 45 minutes at night.